The one positive of this, even if some of it is depressing, is that there'll be life on the other side, writes Adriaan Basson.
South Africa "unequivocally stand in solidarity" with Zimbabwe, despite alleged human rights abuses, according to a written reply by International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor.
Southern African nations are threatening to quit the global wildlife trade regulator after it refused to relax restrictions on trade in ivory and rhino horn and imposed a near total ban on zoos taking African elephants captured in the wild.
On the same day that SADC opened its summit on Western Sahara's independence, Morocco, which stands accused of denying Western Sahara of its independence, has opened its own conference.
Felix Tshisekedi will be sworn in as the Democratic Republic of Congo's new president after an election fraught with delays and doubts.
The African Union has issued a surprise last-minute demand for the Democratic Republic of Congo's government to suspend the announcement of final results of the dispited and presidential election, citing "serious doubts".
The international relations minister views the allegations against Andre Hanekom in a "very serious light".
A group of white farmers in Zimbabwe who lost their land say they will sue both Jacob Zuma and the SA government, and they hope to file their court papers "in the next few days".
The MDC says Zimbabwe is 'now a regional security threat' adding that SADC should intervene, and Ebola has spread to Democratic Republic of Congo's major city amid vaccine concerns.
At least 200 soldiers deployed a year ago to bolster security in Lesotho after the killing of the country's top army commander have left the landlocked kingdom, an official has said.
Zimbabwean opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa has reportedly urged President Emmerson Mnangagwa to "concede defeat" and "stepdown" to "avoid humiliation at the Constitutional Court".
The SA Communist Party says the recent spate of violence in South Africa is a reflection of deeper challenges in the entire South African Development Community.
South Africa could in future withhold aid from neighbouring countries if they go against issues South Africa feels strongly about.
The ANC has said that it has noted with concern the political situations in both Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The Southern African Development Community has congratulated President-elect Felix Tshisekedi and the DRC for conducting elections in a peaceful manner "despite the security and logistical challenges".
A grouping of African states is urging the international community to respect Democratic Republic of Congo's sovereignty and legal processes as its constitutional court is set to rule on a challenge to the presidential election results.
Five African heads of state has voiced "strong concern over acts of violence" during the presidential campaign of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where voting has been postponed in two restive regions.
The South Africa Litigation Centre has welcomed a Constitutional Court judgment confirming a High Court ruling that former president Jacob Zuma's decision to suspend the operations of the SADC Tribunal was unconstitutional, unlawful and irrational.
Zimbabwe's opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change party, has reportedly said that the country is "fast degenerating into a regional security threat, as its economic situation worsens".
SA would be ready to assist Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa with a commission of inquiry into the post-election shootings of protesters if needed, international relations minister Lindiwe Sisulu says.
Southern African leaders have called for calm in Zimbabwe as the country awaits a Constitutional Court hearing on President Emmerson Mnangagwa's disputed election victory.
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